Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge provides unique and exciting environments – excellent locations for
hands-on learning activities in a true Outdoor Classroom. Is your school,
youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the
wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of a particular national wildlife
refuge? Contact or visit Flint Hills to check on program availability and
reservation policies. Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more
Flint Hills NWR’s Visitor
Center is located at the Refuge headquarters building, the visitor center offers
exhibits and hand-on displays that focus on the wildlife and habitats of the
Refuge. The Refuge office is located on
the west side of Hartford, Kansas.
Visitors traveling on I-35 should take exit 141 and drive 8 miles south on K130 to Hartford. Turn right on West Maple
Ave and drive three-eighths of a mile to the Refuge entrance
Auto Tour Loop
Flint Hills NWR has an
auto tour loop for your enjoyment or on days when weather does not cooperate
with outdoor activities. There are
informational signs located throughout the loop and wetlands full of wildlife
for observation. The tour loop is located in the Indian Hill Section of the
refuge. From the visitor center you will
travel back out to West Maple Ave and make a left turn. You will go two-eighths a mile and make a
right turn on the black top (RD Y5) heading south out of town. You will then turn left on 18th
lane and following that until you see Refuge signs and a parking lot starting
the tour loop. The tour loop is subject to closure, check with Refuge Office for current status.
The 0.8-mile Townsite Trail
meanders through a wooded area along the Neosho River just north of
Hartford. In fact, the area was once
part of the town of Hartford, but it was cut off from the rest of the town when
the John Redmond reservoir was built. Today nature
has reclaimed the area.
The Burgess trail is
0.16-mile concrete trail and has a wildlife observation boardwalk. The trail allows visitors an elevated access into the Marsh. Visitors may see wading birds,
waterfowl, and shorebirds in the wetland areas.
Along the shaded path leading to the board walk, visitors may see
songbirds and woodpeckers. The trail is
Dove Roost Trail
The 0.7-mile Dove Roost
Trail circles Dove Roost Pond, passing through native prairie and
heavily wooded habitats. An observation
tower near the parking area provides an excellent view of migratory waterfowl
resting on John Redmond Reservoir. Eagle
Point, a rocky outcropping, provided a good observation area for eagle watchers
in the winter.
Hunting for waterfowl,
deer, turkey, upland game birds, and other species is permitted in accordance with Federal and
State Regulation. Only non-toxic shot
may be used or possessed while hunting.
Sport fishing is also permitted in accordance with Federal and State
regulations. For more information please
stop by Refuge Headquarters for updated public use regulations.
We are currently looking for landowners interested in participating or learning more about the Legacy Conservation Easement Program, contact Refuge Manager Jack Bohannan at 620-392-5553x103.